It’s very common for a step-father to want to adopt his wife’s child, especially when the child’s biological father is not in the picture. Before you see an attorney, it will help to have as many ducks in a row to help keep costs down.
1) First, be sure to gather originals of all pertinent documents: birth certificates of child, parents, and prospective parents, as well as the marriage certificate, and death certificate (if bio-dad is deceased).
2) Second, go to Vital records and request a certificate from the Putative Father registry.
3) Third, go to the clerk of juvenile court in the parish where the child was born and request a Certificate of No Acknowledgment.
Once you have these documents, then you are ready to see your attorney.
After the attorney files the required paperwork in the court, you will still need to be interviewed by the Department of Child and Family Services. Additionally, your attorney will request a background check from the State Police.
Once all the documents are in order, the intra-family adoption should go smoothly.